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4 focus areas for HCC Clinical documentation improvement (CDI)

Posted by Anneleah Williams-Bridges on Apr 19, 2018 10:17:43 AM

In a previous blog post,  More Than Just HCC's: 6 Best Practices for Outpatient CDI, we discussed the areas that need to be addressed in a comprehensive outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program. While we recommend going beyond just focusing on Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC’s), taking a closer look at documentation related to HCC’s is a good place to start. Here are four areas where an HCC-focused CDI program can help you optimize revenue, reduce denials, and improve quality.  

Topics: Coding, CDI

Developing Good Manager Employee Relationships in a Remote Environment

Posted by CJ Bond, Regional Coding Manager on Apr 12, 2018 10:24:31 AM

I think we can all agree that happy, content employees are more productive and engaged and care about the future of the organization. Direct supervisors can foster a positive work environment by effectively balancing the needs of their employees with those of the organization. But what happens when employees are working remotely and supervisors lose the benefit of developing relationships through face-to-face interactions with their team?

Topics: Management

Podcast: Transitioning Profee Coding to the Facility Setting

Posted by Dipak Patel on Apr 5, 2018 2:00:00 AM

Deirdre LeBlanc, Vice President HIM at Parkland Health and Hospital System, speaks about transitioning profee coding to the facility setting. Dee discuss the importance of taking a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach when considering a change in your coding processes. Communication, collaboration, and education all play an important part is the transition of profee coding to the facility setting.

To Abstract or Not To Abstract? That is Cancer Registry's Biggest Question ... Again

Posted by Gina McNellis, Director of Registry Services on Mar 29, 2018 2:00:00 AM

Back in 2016, cancer registries were faced with the question of whether or not to abstract given delays in getting new standards released to software vendors and state registries. In 2018, we find ourselves in the same situation and with each tick of the clock, cancer registrars are feeling more and more anxious to receive information from the cancer registry standard setters regarding this year’s changes. But until the new standards are released, no one can complete or submit 2018 cases to state or regional registries.

Topics: Cancer Registry

Podcast: Ethics and Compliance in Coding

Posted by Dipak Patel on Mar 22, 2018 2:00:00 AM

Gloryanne Bryant, former National Director of Coding Quality, Education, Systems and Support at Kaiser Permanente, speaks with us about ethics and compliance in coding. Gloryanne talks about the importance of not just putting standards in place, but making sure others apply ethical standards to ensure consistency, continuity, and ultimately, quality.

Tell Your Story (And Advance Your Career) With A Professional Portfolio

Posted by Gina McNellis, Director of Registry Services on Mar 15, 2018 2:00:00 AM

Sometimes, it’s difficult to toot your own horn. You know that throughout your career you have done great things and compiled a variety of impressive accomplishments. However, you really don’t want to come off as a braggart or boaster.  So, you simply choose to stay quiet – and keep it all in.

Podcast: Developing the Future Leaders of HIM

Posted by Dipak Patel on Mar 8, 2018 2:00:00 AM

Sandra Brightwell, Director of the Health Information program at Central Arizona College, speaks with us about developing the future leaders of HIM. Working in higher education allows Sandra to share her experiences and help students reach their goals,whether they are just starting their careers or at a point where they want to rejuvenate their careers. Learn how her program prepares students for successful careers in HIM for today and into the future.

5 Benefits of Year-Round HCC Charge Capture

Posted by Marna Witmer, RHIA, Director HIM Operations on Mar 1, 2018 9:08:00 PM

Let’s face it, risk season is chaotic. From July to December, sometimes even into January, everyone is scrambling to find quality coders with the unique qualifications needed to effectively code for risk adjustment (RA) and hierarchical condition categories (HCC). If you are lucky enough to find coders, you still have the stress of looming deadlines you must meet. And of course, because revenue is at risk, you want to ensure that your coding quality doesn’t slip.

Topics: podcast

Podcast: Taking the Path of Information Governance

Posted by Dipak Patel on Feb 22, 2018 7:30:00 AM

Jami Woebkenberg and Jann Owens from Banner Health share their insights on Information Governance (IG). With all the data that healthcare facilities handle - from the consumer and patient levels to business information to human resource information - all of it ties in together. IG is about managing that information, making sure that we keep it secure,and  that we’re sharing it appropriately. Hear from Jami and Jann on building an IG program by starting on a department level with many of the daily functions and day-to-day operations and and rolling them into an IG program.

Topics: podcast

Podcast: How to Leverage Outsourced Coding to Achieve Your Objectives

Posted by Dipak Patel on Feb 8, 2018 7:00:00 AM

Terri Eichelmann, Director of HIM at BJC HealthCare, oversaw an HIM department that was decentralized and was a mix of internal coders and contracted coders from multiple vendors. This presented challenges for both management and the coders themselves. Hear how she centralized coding and established an outsource coding partnership with a vendor that is "almost an extension of us, that we feel is part of our coding team." 

Topics: Outsourcing, Healthcare